With Australian IT workers feeling threatened by skilled migrants, the major discussion point relating to skills and jobs in the lead up to the election has been 457 Visas.
In June the government passed a bill amending the Migration Act, forcing companies to place advertisements for jobs to prove they have looked to fill them locally first. It also gives Fair Work inspectors powers to investigate potential breaches.
The Greens want employers to provide evidence of the now required advertisements seeking local workers, as well as the results of the advertising. The Coalition has supported Labor’s laws addressing 457 visa abuse, but also suggested it would allow more 457 visas as a mainstay of its immigration program.